Happy Anniversary to Long and Short Reviews! Thanks for inviting me here today to help celebrate by chatting about summer reading.
One of my coolest (literally) memories from childhood is spending the entire day reading, propped up on pillows, in my parents’ bedroom. Our house wasn’t air conditioned, but we had one window unit in my parents’ room. So on really hot days, my mom, my two sisters, and I would carry a stack of books into the bedroom.
We’d each find a spot—curling up with some pillows in a corner, lounging against the dresser, or just laying on the rug—and read the day away. There’s no doubt my love of reading began during those hot summer days. No TV, no cell phones, no interruptions at all. Nancy Drew took me into another world with mystery and problem-solving. Laura Ingalls Wilder made me fall in love with the prairie and doing things the “old fashioned” way. And Jo, Meg, Beth, Amy and “Laurie” made me laugh, cry, and wish they lived next door.
One of the best parts of these particular books was that they were series. I got to know the characters, and then read about them again and again through each book. These days, I try to spend as much time as possible reading, especially in the summer. Lucky me, I have central air conditioning, and can pick almost any reading spot and be cool. I still love a great series, too. Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series is one of my favorite summer treats. I have to wait to open the cover until I have time to read the whole book without interruption.
My friends have recently turned me on to the fabulous Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward, too. I’m only on book two, and as a side note here, isn’t it great to find a series to read after some of the first books have been released? That way you can go directly from book one to book two and follow with book three without a wait. Feels like cheating, but ahhh, it is fun!
Thanks very much for stopping by today and for letting me share my favorite summer reading memory. I’d love to hear about your summer reading—either memories, or what you’re reading now. Here’s hoping the rest of your summer is filled with great books and lots of happy times. :-)
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